Gala and Plenary Speakers You Won’t Want to Miss During NAPABA Rising 2015!

Friday Luncheon Plenary — The Voting Rights Act 50 Years Later: A Call to Action

  • Karen Narasaki (moderator), Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Dale Ho (panelist), Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU
  • Natasha Korgaonkar (panelist), Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Terry Ao Minnis (panelist), Director, Census and Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Nina Perales (panelist), Vice President, Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Jerry Vattamala (panelist), Director, Democracy Program, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Saturday Breakfast Plenary — Women in Public Service

  • Ivan K. Fong (moderator), Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 3M Company
  • Michelle K. Lee (panelist), Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Jenny Yang (panelist), Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Saturday Luncheon Plenary — The Changing American Racial Landscape Post 9/11

  • Deepa Iyer (moderator), Senior Fellow, The Center for Social Inclusion
  • Nusrat Choudhury (panelist), Staff Attorney, ACLU
  • Peggy Nagae (panelist), Owner, Peggy Nagae Consulting
  • Navdeep Singh (panelist), Policy Director, NAPABA

27th Anniversary Gala

  • A Conversation with the Honorable Mazie K. Hirono, U.S. Senator, Hawaii, facilitated by the Honorable David Louie, Former Attorney General, Hawaii.

To register for these events, check your registration on the NAPABA Convention website.

Tours and Dinners Available for Registration at NAPABA Rising 2015

NAPABA has indicated that they still have tickets available for the following dinners and tours:

  • International Law Symposium Dinner
  • Young Lawyers/First Time Attendees Dinner
  • Women’s Leadership Network Dinner
  • Garden District Walking Tour
  • New Orleans City/Hurricane Katrina Rebirth City Tour

Please login to your profile, click the “Modify” button, and select “Registration” to modify your agenda. Please note that registration for these additional ticketed items will only be available until Friday, Oct. 30.

You can log into your profile via the NAPABA Convention Registration website.

NAPABA At-Large Board Members Appointed


NAPABA congratulates two members appointed to serve as at-large board members of the NAPABA Board of Governors during the 2015-17 board years: Charles H. Jung, of Nassiri & Jung LLP, in San Francisco; and Joe Lee, of Microsoft, in Seattle.

Each year, two at-large members are selected to the Board of Governors in
recognition of the growth of Asian Pacific American attorneys in North
America and the desire to have diverse and inclusive representation on
the NAPABA Board of Governors.

Charles and Joe will be sworn into office at the 27th Anniversary Gala held on Nov. 7, 2015, during the 2015 NAPABA Convention in New Orleans.

2015 NAPABA Convention Mobile App Now Live!

The 2015 NAPABA Convention is right around the corner and that means a new mobile app to make your session planning a breeze! The app is now live in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. You may also search “NAPABA” in your Google or Apple stores.

Within the app you will find:

  • The full convention agenda, which you can filter by date and track, as well as add sessions to your own customizable schedule.
  • A full listing of NAPABA Convention sponsors and supporters.
  • “My Meeting”, which allows you to create and view your custom schedule.
  • “Around Here”, which suggests local attractions, restaurants, and shopping.
  • Social media links to follow NAPABA.
  • Floor plans for the Hilton Riverside Hotel so you will never get lost on the way to your next session.

Download the app today and have the 2015 NAPABA Convention in the palm of your hands!

PRESS RELEASE: NAPABA Recognizes its Civil Rights Committee as its 2015 President’s Award Recipient


For Immediate Release
Oct. 26, 2015

For More Information, Contact:
Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
[email protected], 202-775-9555

WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) will honor its Civil Rights Committee with the 2015 President’s Award during the NAPABA Anniversary Gala and Installation Banquet on Nov. 7, 2015, in New Orleans. This award is given at the discretion of the NAPABA President to individuals or organizations that have made important contributions to NAPABA or the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

The Civil Rights Committee was formed in 1989, shortly after the founding of NAPABA. The Committee has addressed numerous legislative and policy issues such as Wards Cove cannery workers’ civil rights, the certification of court interpreters, immigrant rights, and affirmative action. The Committee also considers and makes recommendations on resolutions offered by other diverse national bar associations on issues of common interest, which are then used as the basis for lobbying Congress, the White House, and other governmental bodies. The Committee is an important tool for activist lawyers to share experiences and plan civil rights-oriented panels at NAPABA Conventions.

President George Chen and NAPABA thank the Civil Rights Committee for their continued service to the organization and the greater APA community, and would like to recognize each chair – both past and present – who have had a significant impact on the Committee:

  • Brian Cheu
  • Rockwell Chin
  • Juliet K. Choi
  • Dennis Hayashi
  • Meredith Higashi
  • Paul Igasaki
  • Les Jin
  • Tsiwen M. Law
  • Andy Liu
  • Karen K. Narasaki
  • Edwin R. Oshika
  • Myron Quan
  • Patricia Shiu


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of approximately 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NAPABA).

NAPABA Rising 2015: Join Our Table for the Gala

27th Anniversary Gala Seating | Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm

If you’ve registered for the NAPABA Convention in New Orleans, join AABANY’s table for the 27th Anniversary Gala! During the registration process, you had the opportunity to pre-select your Gala seat. Please review your selection by clicking here. NAPABA will be unable to make any seat assignment changes after Friday, Oct. 30.

  • Log-in to your registration profile.
  • Click the “Modify” button.
  • Click on “Information”.
  • Scroll down to the 27th Anniversary Gala Seating section.
  • Make sure that you have selected “Yes” if you do plan on attending the Gala.
  • Your seating options are as follows:
    • I am a member of the NAPABA Board of Governors, NAPABA Law Foundation Board of Directors, or Leadership Advisory Council.
    • My firm/company is a sponsor and I would like to sit at their reserved table.
    • I’m feeling adventurous! Seat me at a random table so I can meet new friends.
    • Other (You may put a firm/company name, the name of your best NAPABA friend, family member, guest)
  • Please note that if you are bringing a guest, you may add a guest registration to this event for $275.